These prestigious awards, known locally known as the Kinnaree Awards are held every two years and are one of the most respected tourism events in the awards calendar.
In ancient Thai literature, Kinnaree is half human, half bird – representative of beauty and exaltation and the trophies are awarded on the basis of a number of different criteria including: the environment, management, marketing, technology, innovation and human resource quality – all which embellish the tourism industry ensuring a quality driven and sustainable future for the destination.
Recipients of the award at Banyan Tree Samui were thrilled to receive the award after achieving Outstanding Performance Award for health Tourism: Hotel/ Resort Spa (South Region) in 2013 and 2015.
To celebrate this prestigious award, Banyan Tree Samui is launching the Coconut Immersion Package as an homage to Samui – often nicknamed as ‘the island of coconuts’ – the coconut industry is the second strongest after tourism.
Banyan Tree Samui guests will be able to sample the coconut spirit of Samui, whilst relaxing in the comfort of their pool villa, which is set amidst the privacy of the bay. They can also enjoy some pampering at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Samui and sample delicious traditional Thai dishes such as Kanom Buang Chao Wung (which is Thai style crêpe prawns with crab meat and young coconut filling), Mieng Som O Goong Sod (spicy pomelo salad with shrimps, roasted coconut and shallot) at the resort’s signature restaurants.
Upon check-in at the Lobby Lounge, perched on a headland with a breathtaking panorama of the resort and surrounding sea, guests will also receive a personalised handbag, made from coconut wood, which guests can use throughout their stay.
Guests can also be part of the action by visiting local coconut farms just a short distance from the resort, where they’ll be able to sample the freshest coconut juice, buy authentic oil and watch specially-trained monkeys gracefully climb and pick coconuts from the trees.
Then it’s back to the privacy of a Spa Sanctuary Pool Villa, nestled in the lush hillside to enjoy a soothing 120-minute Coconut Immersion package which includes a 30-minute Pineapple & Coconut Scrub, 60-minute Island Dew Massage and 30-minute Refreshments and Relaxation. All treatments use coconut oil, freshly made in-house from the local coconuts grown at nearby farms.
Before making your way home, guests can also purchase coconut souvenirs to as a reminder of their stay in Samui at Banyan Tree Gallery Samui.